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Punta Cana, Provincia de San Juan, Dominican Republic

How much does it cost to travel to Punta Cana?

You should plan to spend around $151 (RD$8,890) per day on your vacation in Punta Cana. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $39 (RD$2,302) on meals
  • $6.73 (RD$397) on local transportation
  • $200 (RD$11,810) on hotels

A one week trip to Punta Cana for two people costs, on average, $2,109 (RD$124,455). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Punta Cana cost?

A one week trip to Punta Cana usually costs around $1,055 (RD$62,227) for one person and $2,109 (RD$124,455) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Punta Cana on average costs around $2,109 (RD$124,455) for one person and $4,219 (RD$248,910) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Punta Cana will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Punta Cana on average costs around $4,520 (RD$266,689) for one person and $9,040 (RD$533,378) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Punta Cana has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Punta Cana expensive to visit?

Prices in Punta Cana are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within the Caribbean Islands, which is known to be an expensive region, Punta Cana is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Cabarete or Terre-de-Haut.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Punta Cana Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Punta Cana?

The average Punta Cana trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Punta Cana travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) RD$11,810 ($200)
Local Transportation 1 RD$397 ($7)
Food 2 RD$2,302 ($39)
Entertainment 1 RD$1,841 ($31)
Tips and Handouts 1 RD$31 - 94 ($1 - 2)
Alcohol 2 RD$315 - 945 ($5 - 16)
Accommodation Budget in Punta Cana
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Punta Cana is $100 (RD$5,905). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Punta Cana is $200 (RD$11,810). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Punta Cana

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Punta Cana based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $145. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Punta Cana
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Punta Cana is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $6.73 (RD$397) per person, per day, on local transportation in Punta Cana.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Punta Cana
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Rental Cars in Punta Cana
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Food Budget in Punta Cana
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Punta Cana can vary, the average cost of food in Punta Cana is $39 (RD$2,302) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Punta Cana should cost around $16 (RD$921) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Punta Cana is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Punta Cana
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Punta Cana typically cost an average of $31 (RD$1,841) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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What did other people spend on Entertainment in Punta Cana?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Punta Cana are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Punta Cana, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Punta Cana
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Punta Cana is $1.06 (RD$63) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Punta Cana is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Punta Cana
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $11 (RD$630) on alcoholic beverages in Punta Cana per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Punta Cana on a Budget
Punta Cana Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Punta Cana, located on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, is renowned for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant culture. This Caribbean paradise offers a diverse range of experiences that cater to all types of travelers, whether you're on a tight budget, seeking thrilling activities, exploring local cuisine, or figuring out the best ways to get around.

Traveling to Punta Cana on a budget is entirely feasible with some smart planning. Accommodations range from luxury resorts to budget-friendly hostels and guesthouses. For those looking to save money, consider staying in smaller hotels or hostels located slightly away from the beachfront. These options often provide excellent value for money while still offering easy access to the main attractions. Dining on a budget is also straightforward in Punta Cana. Local eateries, known as "comedores," serve traditional Dominican dishes at a fraction of the cost of tourist-oriented restaurants. Street food is another excellent way to enjoy local flavors cheaply, with vendors selling everything from empanadas to fresh tropical fruits. For transportation, public buses, known locally as "guaguas," are the most economical way to get around. These buses connect most parts of Punta Cana and cost significantly less than taxis or private transfers. Additionally, many attractions can be reached on foot or by renting a bicycle.
Punta Cana is home to a wealth of natural and cultural sights that are sure to captivate any traveler. The region's beaches are world-famous, with Bavaro Beach often cited as one of the best. This stretch of white sand and turquoise water is ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports. Macao Beach is another beautiful spot, known for its more rugged beauty and excellent surfing conditions.

Beyond the beaches, the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve is a must-visit. This protected area features a network of trails leading to twelve freshwater lagoons, five of which are open for swimming. The reserve is home to diverse flora and fauna, making it a perfect spot for nature lovers.

For a dose of history and culture, visit the Basilica Catholic Monument in Higuey, one of the most important religious sites in the Dominican Republic. This impressive cathedral attracts thousands of pilgrims each year and offers a fascinating glimpse into the country's spiritual heritage.

Relaxing on the gorgeous beaches of Punta Cana is one of the most popular activities for visitors. Many resorts and hotels line the beach with amazing views and easy access to the waves and sand.

Punta Cana is a playground for adventure enthusiasts and offers a plethora of activities to suit all tastes. Water sports are particularly popular, with opportunities for snorkeling, scuba diving, and deep-sea fishing. The clear waters around Punta Cana are teeming with marine life, making it a diver's paradise. Numerous dive shops and tour operators offer equipment rental and guided dives to some of the best spots in the area.

For those who prefer to stay above water, parasailing and windsurfing are thrilling ways to enjoy the coastal scenery. Sailing trips and catamaran cruises are also popular, often including stops for snorkeling and visits to nearby islands.

Golfers will find several world-class courses in Punta Cana, designed by renowned architects. The Punta Espada Golf Club, in particular, offers stunning ocean views and challenging holes, making it a favorite among golf enthusiasts.

Land-based activities include horseback riding through the countryside and zip-lining through the canopy. The nearby Scape Park offers a variety of adventures, including zip-lining, cave exploration, and a natural lagoon perfect for swimming.
Food and Dining
The culinary scene in Punta Cana is diverse and vibrant, reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the Dominican Republic. Fresh seafood is a staple, with dishes like "pescado frito" (fried fish) and "ceviche" being particularly popular. Many beachfront restaurants offer fresh catches of the day, often prepared with local spices and served with rice and plantains.

Traditional Dominican cuisine is hearty and flavorful, with dishes like "la bandera" (the flag), which consists of rice, beans, and meat, usually served with a side of salad and fried plantains. "Mofongo," a dish made from mashed plantains mixed with garlic and pork cracklings, is another local favorite.

For a more upscale dining experience, Punta Cana's resort areas offer a variety of international cuisine, from Italian and French to Japanese and Mexican. Many resorts feature gourmet restaurants with stunning ocean views, perfect for a romantic dinner.

Don't miss the chance to try some of the local beverages, including "mamajuana," a traditional Dominican drink made with rum, red wine, honey, and a mixture of herbs and tree bark. This unique concoction is often touted for its medicinal properties and is a must-try for adventurous travelers.

Flights to Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) come from a variety of places, with many flights coming from the U.S. This is the most popular and busiest airport in the Dominican Republic.

Getting around Punta Cana is relatively easy, with several transportation options available. As mentioned earlier, public buses (guaguas) are the most budget-friendly option and connect most parts of the region. These buses are a great way to experience local life and are very affordable.

Taxis are widely available and are a convenient way to get around, especially if you are traveling in a group. It's advisable to agree on the fare before starting your journey, as taxis in Punta Cana do not use meters. Many hotels and resorts offer shuttle services to major attractions, which can be a hassle-free option for tourists.

For more independence, consider renting a car. This allows you to explore the island at your own pace and visit more remote areas that are not easily accessible by public transport. Several car rental agencies operate in Punta Cana, including international chains and local companies.

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.